I voted to close a question, then realized it was not the best fit. So I went to change my vote, and saw there was no option to do this:

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Not a big deal, I thought. I can retract (seeing as that's my only option really) and then re-vote to close.

But! It apparently is not meant to work that way, as I am met with this when I try to recast a new vote for the reason I wanted:

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My initial thought was wait a minute, but that did not help.

Looking through Meta, it appears this has come up before: although the answer is not very definitive on why this occurs.

Votes can only be undone when the post is edited. If your vote really was accidental, you can resort to editing the post and then changing the vote.

And this has been the tone of a few similar question, be careful next time or edit the question.

Is this a bug, and oversight, or is there something I am not getting here?

As an update, editing the question did not allow me to recast a vote!

And, after @NHinkle answered below, why is this not possible and can it be added?

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The thing you're quoting is about regular up/down votes on a question.

You can only vote to close once, and you can only retract the vote once. After that, you cannot vote to close again unless the question is re-opened.

For more details, see the relevant feature request on MSO: Can we have the ability to retract a close vote before it closes?

When you retract your vote, the confirmation dialog informs you that you cannot vote again after retracting your initial vote:

no revote screenshot

  • Hmm, so intentional it cannot be recast? Is there a way to at least warn the user that un-doing one mistake might cause another mistake that can not be undone? Commented Aug 29, 2013 at 23:42
  • @AthomSfere it already does this. See my edits above.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Aug 29, 2013 at 23:48
  • OK, dang... I apparently glossed over that. Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 0:20

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